End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

A scene from Afghanistan's Palwasha TV series, a show that draws attention to the issue of violence against women.

Target: Minister of Justice Dr. Abdul Basir

Goal: Stop senseless and violent acts aimed at women in Afghanistan.

A woman was stoned to death in Afghanistan last week in a Taliban-controlled village after being accused of adultery. The U.N. has raised concern over the “prevalence of violence against women” in the country. According to CNN, “the men surround the woman as she stands in a hole dug into the stony ground, only her head pokes above the surface. Then they begin to pick up rocks and hurl them at her again and again from close range.” Video of the stoning, which was allegedly filmed on a cell phone, has been seen on various social media sites.

The woman, identified as Rokhshana, was just 19 years old. She was forced to marry against her will and recently fled with another man. The Taliban leader of the village caught the pair and ordered that she be stoned to death with the charge being adultery. This tragedy highlights the pervasiveness of violence against women in Afghanistan. Earlier this year, another woman was killed by a mob in Kabul. Sign this petition to demand an end to senseless violence against women in Afghanistan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Basir,

I am writing this petition letter to you to ask that you consider launching a campaign in order to combat the prevalence of violence against women in Afghanistan. Just recently, a 19-year-old woman from Afghanistan was stoned to death after being accused of adultery. Moreover, earlier in the year, a 27-year-old woman was killed by a mob in Kabul.

Women deserve to feel safe as they walk down the street. Women deserve to be with the one they love without having to fear of the accusation and punishment of adultery. Women should not have to fear angry mobs. Launching a campaign condemning violence against women is not only necessary but just. According to CNN, “Attacks on women and disregard for their rights have been widely documented by international organizations in Afghanistan.” As the Minister of Justice of Afghanistan, it is your duty to uphold the law so that everyone is protected. I demand that you take action and stop these senseless and violent acts toward women in Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United Nations Photo

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